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Gonzalo is not a threat to the Cayman Islands at this time but residents should monitor the progress of this cyclone

Published 23rd July 2020, 11:49am

At 1100 AM, the centre of Tropical Storm Gonzalo was located near latitude 9.6 North, longitude 48.3 West. Gonzalo is moving toward the west near 14 mph (22 km/h). A westward to west-northwestward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected through the weekend. On the forecast track, the centre of Gonzalo will approach the southern Windward Islands Friday night and move across the islands Saturday and Saturday evening.

Maximum sustained winds are near 65 mph (100 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast during the next couple of days, and Gonzalo could become a hurricane tonight or on Friday.

Gonzalo is a small storm, and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center.

This storm does not currently pose a threat to the Cayman Islands but residents should monitor Gonzalo's progress.

Some forecast models indicate the storm will weaken as it enters the Caribbean Sea. Gonzalo is also a small and compact storm so the National Hurricane Centre is advising that there a high degree of uncertainty in the intensity of the cyclone over the coming days.

Regardless of future developments for this cyclone, it is an appropriate time to raise overall levels of hurricane preparedness as we move towards the more active part of the hurricane season.